Saved!

2004

Action / Comedy / Drama

19
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 61%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 41961

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Jena Malone as Mary
Macaulay Culkin as Roland
Mandy Moore as Hilary Faye
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Screen_Blitz 6 / 10

Heartfelt teen comedy with an underlining religious satire garners a few laughs but nonetheless plays things too safe

In age when teen comedies are dominated by sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, this movie, brought us to by Brian Dannelly, offers a slightly more conservative touch to the largely populated genre. That is a trip to the world of Christianity, or in other words, a religious satire of teens coming to terms with challenges that put their faith to the test. Capitalizing on an underpopulated blend of cheeky PG-13 humor and bold social commentary on religion, this movie offers good-spirited wit that makes the best of its attempts to pitting viewers with satirical jabs at teen Christianity without diving into execution that could rub Christians the wrong way. It does so, unfortunately, by playing things safe to the point where too many punches are pulled and good laughs come few and far in between. On the other hand, one of the biggest accomplishments it holds is by delivering a kindhearted, if occasionally bold tale without being forceful with its predictable message. So, you won't have to go in expecting an hour-and-half sermon. The film follows high school senior Mary Cummings (played by Jena Malone), a born-again teen girl attending a Christian high school with her friends Hilary Faye (played by Mandy Moore), a devout Christian who strives to get everyone in her class "saved", and Veronica (played by Elizabeth Thai), a Vietnamese girl raised by an African-American couple. Then there is Hilary's handicapped brother Roland (played by Macaulay Culkin) who falls short of Christian faith and falls of a Jewish, cigarette-smoking outsider Cassandra (played by Eva Amurri Martino) who's doesn't quite fall into the category of a good girl. Upon learning her boyfriend Dean (played by Chad Faust) is gay, Mary tries to save him; and her does by losing her virginity to him, only for this parents to send him way to something called the "Mercy House". When she discovers she is pregnant, she becomes subject to unwanted social rejection by her friends who began to turn on her.

There is plenty of poking fun at Christianity which some of the conservative right, predictably so, did not take too kindly to. By no means does this film try to push the boundaries with raunchiness or mean-spirited hostility against believers of Christ. Director Brian Dannelly's approach fires a few good moments of laughter such as a scene in which the lead character makes performs a questionable act in attempt to get boyfriend her boyfriend to divorce from his homosexuality. After all, being gay is a big no-no in the Christian community. Sadly, there just isn't enough good jokes to go around. The film's attempts at satirizing the devout religious nature of the characters are less satisfying and struggle to hit the dynamics of the culture in which teens who grew up in households where attending church was a requirement. There is an overarching belief that establishing a character with faith requires him or her say Jesus in nearly every single line, which happens so with Mandy Moore's Hilary who grows into hypocrisy when her former best friend is nine months from becoming a mother. Balancing kind-hearted humor and religious subtext can be tough trick to pull off, especially when trying to perform the former without tapping into humor Christ-followers may deem edgy. But the film's satire on faith often too shallow borders on the line of pushing a ham-fisted agenda. On the other hand, it doesn't take away from the performances by Jena Malone, Macauley Culkin, Mandy Moore, and Elizabeth Thai who play their roles with good spirits. Patrick Fugit; playing a skateboarder and son of church pastor is fine as well, while Eva Amurri Martino burns fuel as the "bad girl" of the crowd who looks at everyone's spirituality with a cold shoulder. In the end, at least holds a kind heart rather than thrusting with an hostile attitude towards either side of the religious spectrum.

Saved! isn't a home-run in the crowd of teen comedies, or does it meet the criteria of a finely-crafted "Mean Girls at bible school" tale. But the film offers just barely enough cleverness and heart to compensate for the flawed satire that gives the story momentum. Religious or not, it is not too great, or it is definitely not an overtly conventional drama with a hammy agenda that would have otherwise rendered the film into a cheesy afterschool special.

Reviewed by rdrift1879 4 / 10

Fails the satire test

If you ever went to a Christian High School, that unique world is one that is ripe for some clever spoofing. Saved!, sadly, isn't it.

Over-the-top characters always weakens satire. Something authentic in them has to be grasped to have any bite at all, and that is simply lacking here. Poor acting (Mandy Moore) doesn't help either, but this film doesn't understand its subject so everything falls flat. There is a theologically informed worldview that is absent from the characters. It's almost as though the satirists were too afraid of their target.

They get closer with the hierarchy of who is "in" and "out" in schools like this, but since the characters, their motives, and actions are so unreal, it doesn't fly. I suppose it is designed to make non- Christians feel superior. It may succeed in this, but that is just propaganda, not good storytelling.

The ending is formulaic and weak.

Saved! wants to be a hit piece on Evangelical culture in the name of tolerance, but really just preaches that nothing is worth taking seriously. Still waiting for a funny and truly insightful look at the world of Christian High Schools.

Reviewed by smooth_op_85 7 / 10

An Evangelical Mean Girls, but Not Quite

Mary, is a good Christian girl whose friends are Hillary Faye (Alpha Christian and leader of a group called the Christian Jewels) Veronica, a Vietnamese girl adopted by a black couple and Tia is a girl who wants to be in the clique but is mostly ignored When her boyfriend Dean comes out to her, she has sex with him to save him from gaydom. That's where her life begins to go topsy turvy, she is later befriended by a Jewish student and "resident heathen" Cassandra Edelstein and Roland, Hillary Faye's brother who is wheelchair bound.

With the layers of her world coming undone, she struggles with the world she grew up in vs. the world she is trying to adjust to I wanted to call this an Evangelical Mean Girls, which is the spirit of the film. However, it is also something all its own with that similar undercurrent.

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